The National Weather Service and Storm Prediction Center have issued a tornado watch for portions of East Texas and Southeast Texas. This watch is in effect until midnight, although will be cancelled from west to east once the line of developing storms moves through a given location. The strongest storms this evening may produce damaging wind gusts up to 70 MPH, hail up to the size of ping-pong balls, and even a couple of tornadoes. The lack of a solid squall line is problematic at this point since we’re seeing discrete storms developing 60 to 70 miles northwest/west of Houston. Some of these discrete storms may become tornadic as they move east/northeast over the next several hours. When we get a squall line underway the primary threat will become damaging wind gusts, but brief tornadoes will remain possible.

Tornado Watch Number 80
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
705 PM CDT Fri Mar 24 2017

The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

* Tornado Watch for portions of
Southeast Texas

* Effective this Friday night from 705 PM until Midnight CDT.

* Primary threats include…
A couple tornadoes possible
Isolated damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible
Isolated large hail events to 1.5 inches in diameter possible

SUMMARY…Thunderstorms are expected to slowly increase in coverage
and intensity while spreading eastward early tonight across
southeast Texas. The storm environment will support a risk for
supercells capable of producing a couple of tornadoes, as well as
isolated damaging winds and large hail. There will be some
potential for the storms to grow into a larger band tonight, with a
continued risk of damaging winds.

The tornado watch area is approximately along and 55 statute miles
east and west of a line from 35 miles northeast of Lufkin TX to 80
miles south southwest of Huntsville TX. For a complete depiction of
the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS
WOU0).